July 8, 2009

Trimble and NAVTEQ tie the Knot - Long Term Map, Traffic and Truck Navigation Data

Trimble and NAVTEQ have inked a deal with NAVTEQ supplying global map data as well as advanced information including traffic, and truck-specific information that NAVTEQ supplies. The information will allow Trimble to compete in Mobile Resource Management solutions through its suite of product offerings. As these capabilities continue to develop, the prevalence of usage has to increase. Look for bleed over of these capabilities into the consumer market as location based services continues to push forward.

Full Press Release Below

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July 7, 2009

Trimble Outdoors Mobile Phone GPS Software for the G1 Android System

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Trimble has announced a new outdoor enthusiast program that allows G1 owners to plan, record and enhance their hikes outdoors by logging the trip and sharing with others. Since the maps are downloaded to the phone, you can work outside the coverage area and still know your way around. On an overnight? You might need to take a long a solar charger, for longer trips, because using the GPS can cut battery time down to a day's worth of hiking time. Any pictures taken along the way will be geotagged and saved for later. The pictures, text and audio notes can be shared on Facebook Google Earth or Trimble's own sharing site.

More at Trimble Outdoors

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TeleNav and AT&T Launch Small Business Tracking - Mobile Resource Management

AT&T is launching a TeleNav powered "Mobile Resource Management" tracking service for businesses to see where their workers (mobile phones) are at any time. The service works on most AT&T phones and can't be turned off.

"Yup I am right here at the customer's doorway", "Hey, that's funny, the web management software has you sitting at a donut shop. Why is that?"

The service is launching in late July.

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June 28, 2009

iGo for the iPhone - Coming Soon

Add another contender to the ring on the iPhone navigation battle - iGo form Nav N Go is going to be hitting the iPhone soon with an adaptation of their familiar operating system. No news on availability and price, but I would expect a Euro release and then a US release later this year.

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June 23, 2009

AT&T Navigator (TeleNav) for the iPhone

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TeleNav launched an iPhone App at the App store today, offering yet another option for navigating with the iPhone. TeleNav is no stranger to mobile phone navigation, and are offering it as the AT&T Navigator with numerous features, including Text to Speech (Says street names), traffic alerts, gas prices, and Business Listings (10 million), Mid-Route Points of Interest like gas, food and more. Some people may be turned off by the $100+ fee for a similar application, and the TeleNav may just be a decent alternative for you at $10 a month.

The iPhone needs to have the 3.0 Operating system to work. Full Press Release after the jump.....

At the iTunes App Store (iTunes Link), more at TeleNav

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Navigon iPhone App Launched - Hits Europe


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Wow, that was fast; about a two weeks ago, Navigon announced that they would launch an iPhone App, and now, they just launched a Euro version in the App store. According to the feature set, the capabilities are fairly robust, with the key ability to use if in the portrait and landscape modes, as well as reality view (shown above) where you get to see what exit/turn you should make on major intersections. The application also taps into your contact list to get to saved destinations; no need to re-input "favorites". The Navigon Navigator will pause for an incoming phone call, and you can listen to music while navigating, but according to a couple of users who posted reviews, the application does not pause the music while giving the turn directions which could prove to be a problem.

Available in several languages and dozens of countries - none of which are the US. The Navigon iPhone App uses NAVTEQ maps, but sadly, not traffic. One would hope that Navigon would use the phone's bandwidth to introduce traffic capabilities later on, and potentially a two way reporting as iPhones turn into GPS probes like the Dash Express did. The file size is large at about 1.6GB, with a couple of users reporting that it took over an hour.

With over a million iPhone 3G-S phones sold in the first day of its launch, one can imagine how the phone and its platform will continue to become a very large handset base on which the navigation makers can build. Should be an interesting future with these applications.

The Price is $94, not bad, but it appears to be headed up. On the price, they note that this is "a special introduction price is valid only until June 30th." One can definitely see the capabilities getting more robust and more expensive as time goes on, paralleling the standalone model capabilities.

More at iTunes (iTunes link)

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June 9, 2009

Navigon Announces iPhone Application Too


While not making the huge splash that TomTom did, most likely due to the recent retreat from the US market, Navigon jumped on the iPhone bandwagon yesterday with the announcement that they too will have an iPhone navigation application available very soon after the OS 3.0 launches for the iPhone (in about 2 weeks).

"The package includes well-known functions such as Reality View Pro, Real Roadsign Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, Speed Assistant, Day & Night Mode, amongst others, as well as the option of displaying POIs along the route. With this range of functions, Mobile Navigator stands out from its competition on the market - also by the fact that the typical user functions of the iPhone have been implemented seamlessly in order to make navigation using the iPhone and NAVIGON software even more enjoyable. If you turn the iPhone 90 degrees, then the display switches automatically from portrait to landscape view. As well as this automatic display adjustment, and the intelligent address entry, there is also the option of navigating directly to an address from saved contacts. If navigation is interrupted by a telephone call then navigation is resumed automatically after the call has ended."

One option is the LITE Version available for free, with no active route guidance, but with map material and the possibility to display POIs (points of interest) in the vicinity. Another option is the full version, which navigates users quickly and reliably to their destination.

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TomTom for the iPhone - Coming Later This Summer

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Yesterday at Apple's developer conference, TomTom offered a glimpse into what is to come this summer for the iPhone; a fully operational iPhone navigation solution; powered mount, speaker, and classic TomTom navigation capabilities. No word if there are any plans to offer more sophisticated HD traffic, and connected services like gas price search capabilities.

The move, mirrored by Navigon, puts TomTom in the driver's seat for connected capabilities with their recent GO 740 LIVE launch, the TomTom XL LIVE launch in Europe and now the iPhone launch. It puts Garmin in a tough place with the now delayed launch of the Nuvifone that has them as a competitor to the iPhone. One has to wonder if they are going to support the iPhone or protect their investment in a competitive product and stay away from the iPhone letting the other big contenders fight for leadership in the iPhone platform.

I would expect that this application and customized mount to come at a steep price; a lot more than the $0.99 - $9.99 that people seem accustomed to for applications on the iPhone. More later this summer. More at TomTom




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June 3, 2009

New Safari Browser GPS Aware for Next Gen iPhone Software

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Word has it that the new Safari browser on the next release of the iPhone Software is going to be GPS aware; not a big surprise but it opens up a world of possibilities for websites to generate Location Based Services for mobile phone use. A lot of applications are location aware, asking already if you want to allow that program to use your location, well this will open up websites to the possibility of gathering your location and showing you information for you, now, where ever you are standing.... restaurants, stores, directions, and maybe even ads. We'll see.

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May 22, 2009

AT&T Navigator (TeleNav) Gets Frost and Sullivan Award

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AT&T Navigator was recently named Best Consumer Navigation Application of the Year by Frost & Sullivan for its feature rich capabilities, and ease of use. The Speech Recognition data entry, text to speech, millions of Points of Interest, Gas Prices, and ability to navigate while overseas, are just a few of the capabilities that make it a powerhouse.

"AT&T Navigator has set the pace in the industry with an evolving and comprehensive set of capabilities," said Jeanine Sterling, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "As a best-in-class solution, it provides advanced features that offer far more than just navigation and mapping functionality."

The AT&T Navigator is powered by TeleNav, the makers of the Shotgun connected GPS, and where you can get your own subscription to navigation capabilities on your smartphone.

More at TeleNav

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